The Redskins are 29th in total defense and 26th in scoring defense. They are last in third down conversions by their opponents and it’s a long way to the second-worst team. While Joe Barry’s unit has had its moments, in general they are struggling.
Barry has been under fire for the performance of his side of the ball and he admitted that he deserves some criticism.
“We’re not getting it done right now,” Barry said during his weekly news conference on Thursday. “I’m not getting it done.”
Barry equated the defenses performance to that of a struggling student.
“If a math student simply isn't getting the good grades on math tests you could say, that kid's just dumb,” he said. “Well, I look at it as the teacher's not getting it out of him.”
While the players bear their share of the responsibility for the team’s inability to stop the other team, he said that the door swings both ways.
“Obviously a player's got to play and make plays on the field,” he said. “But as a coach I believe I've got to get them to play better. I've got to get us to tackle better. I've got to get us to win on third down better. I'll turn over every rock to get what the issue is solved. because that's my job as a coach.”
We will see if Barry can get more out of them starting Sunday in Baltimore. It is admirable for Barry to step up and assume accountability. But the words need to translate into tangible improements like better tackling and stopping teams on third downs.
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